Exhibition in Cornwall, UK

2015 has seen our photographs already pop up in the most beautiful corner of the UK – Cornwall!

Rakiography has teamed up with one of the best guesthouses in the region St Bernards Guesthouse to exhibit a range of sea themed prints on their beautiful walls. If the January blues just won’t go away, take a little break to this gem of a place and see the exhibition (https://www.facebook.com/Stbernardsguesthouse/posts/10152708918472562) for yourself.

A Month of Mongolia

An endless horizon...lush green hills touching an ever blue sky, with a sprinkle of shepherds with their stock.

Whilst everything and nothing wraps together in a timeless shell, the melody of Tuvan folk songs cuts through the plains as children ride their horses home. Young or old, the distinctive beauty and strength from times long past burns in the eyes of those from this beautiful country.

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Cuba Continuum

I am back from this summer’s travels and I have a bag full of photographs to share with you. For the next 30 days, a visual odyssey to Cuba awaits – no jet lag required. Travelling from the crumbling pastel tinged splendour of Havana to the green palm fringed shores of Guardalavaca, by plane, train, bus, horse cart and foot, past and present merged and collided.

Vibrant colours, epic skies, stories, smiling, waiting … restaurants encased in decaying palaces, salsa beats, drums, brass, dance, twirl … the latest fashions, empty shops, poverty and melancholy, wrapped in the tendrils of cigar smoke and the warm hit of distilled sugar cane.

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Exhibition Gallery & Website Launch at Odaada 18-20 January 2013

Over 250 people battled through Vienna’s snow covered streets to attend the launch of the exhibition “Sky, Sea, Land, Life: An Introduction to the Art of Rakiography” held at gallery Odadaa on 18th – 20th January 2013.

The exhibition unveiled a fine selection of photos from the newly launched hub www.rakiography.com against a backdrop of cocktails, revelry and golden age jazz. In his address to the crowd of diplomats, journalists, photographers and artists assembled at the opening night, Raki Nikahetiya outlined what Rakiography means and why it was built: “After a lot of thought, I felt that this whole process of shooting, editing, printing, exhibiting, sharing photographs was more than just photography. I somehow wanted to coin a term that would go beyond the simple process of pressing a button… creating a two way process where a community experiences these images and takes their own interpretations away with them – that’s way bigger than me and my camera; and so we made up a word.”

Guests welcomed into Gallery Odadaa were offered a hand stamped map and programme to guide them around the world of Rakiography. “The selection of work that I’m exhibiting here is split between two different rooms”, Raki said. “We witness a series of epic backdrops adorning the main space - but it doesn’t stop there. Against the macrocosm, we see a speck, a figure, a streak …. a story on it’s own. A story, a journey, a moment, building up the layers of history and humanity”.

In between visits to a pop-up Shop and Cocktail Bar, guests explored the fourth component of the Rakiography hub, Life, in an adjacent space. “Here, we are reaching down into the noise of everyday life and we capture a moment”, Raki explained. “A gesture, an expression, a movement, a pattern, all begin to tell a story to each viewer.”

After this brief Introduction to the Art of Rakiography, what next? Raki was upbeat for the future: “This year is going to be the year of Rakiography. More exhibitions. More photos on the website, and Facebook page, the launch of Twitter, more puzzle pieces put together. Like the branches of the tree we see stamped onto every programme, photo and postcard tonight – each branch comes together to form a cohesive whole. That is Rakiography. Personal, yet universal.”

Click here for an article on the exhibition in Society Magazine.

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Exhibition at the Sri Lankan Embassy Vienna 12/Dec/2012

Exhibition: Sri Lanka and Sri Lankans

Date: Wednesday, 12/12/2012

Venue: Embassy of Sri Lanka, 1040 Vienna, Austria

More than 200 guests were treated to an exhibition of ‘Sri Lanka and Sri Lankans’ by Raki Nikahetiya as part of the “Sounds and Flavours of Sri Lanka” event hosted by the Sri Lankan embassy in Vienna.

This exclusive viewing offered an unrivalled insight into the myriad of images that epitomise the diverse landscape and culture of Sri Lanka.

Clear blue surf breaking onto palm fringed golden beach. Bustling and dynamic modern urban space. Lush velvet tea plantation overlooking wispy silver cloud forest.  Richly coloured antiquities glinting through dry earth. White sand shimmering beneath a tranquil topaz lagoon. Highland grassland. Tropical rainforest. Beautiful, distinct, unique.

The exhibition captured the threads of art, language, belief and love that the people of Sri Lanka have forever intertwined around an evolving backdrop. The collection of prints explored the interface between religion and culture, man and nature. Images of the opulent Perahara procession, delicate Kandyan dance, steady silhouette of the Galle Lighthouse, thousand year old frescoes of Sigirya or colourful statues tucked into the Temple of  Dambulla all tell a story, and offer an opportunity to reflect, grow and discover.

Click here to read an article on the event from the Asian Tribune.